|Publication number||US7471664 B2|
|Application number||US 11/266,050|
|Publication date||Dec 30, 2008|
|Filing date||Nov 2, 2005|
|Priority date||Nov 2, 2005|
|Also published as||US20070097896|
|Publication number||11266050, 266050, US 7471664 B2, US 7471664B2, US-B2-7471664, US7471664 B2, US7471664B2|
|Inventors||Emily H. Qi|
|Original Assignee||Intel Corporation|
|Export Citation||BiBTeX, EndNote, RefMan|
|Patent Citations (11), Referenced by (1), Classifications (12), Legal Events (3)|
|External Links: USPTO, USPTO Assignment, Espacenet|
Wireless Network Management (WNM) messages are intended to manage network operations by controlling, or at least influencing, communications between a wireless access point (AP) and various wireless mobile devices (STAs). However, under conventional standards, each STA or AP may decide for itself whether to interpret a WNM message as a command message, an advisory message, or an irrelevant message. Such inconsistent interpretation can cause confusion and inefficiency in the network.
Some embodiments of the invention may be understood by referring to the following description and accompanying drawings that are used to illustrate embodiments of the invention. In the drawings:
In the following description, numerous specific details are set forth. However, it is understood that embodiments of the invention may be practiced without these specific details. In other instances, well-known circuits, structures and techniques have not been shown in detail in order not to obscure an understanding of this description.
References to “one embodiment”, “an embodiment”, “example embodiment”, “various embodiments”, etc., indicate that the embodiment(s) of the invention so described may include particular features, structures, or characteristics, but not every embodiment necessarily includes the particular features, structures, or characteristics. Further, some embodiments may have some, all, or none of the features described for other embodiments.
In the following description and claims, the terms “coupled” and “connected,” along with their derivatives, may be used. It should be understood that these terms are not intended as synonyms for each other. Rather, in particular embodiments, “connected” may be used to indicate that two or more elements are in direct physical or electrical contact with each other. “Coupled” may mean that two or more elements co-operate or interact with each other, but they may or may not be in direct physical or electrical contact.
The term “processor” may refer to any device or portion of a device that processes electronic data from registers and/or memory to transform that electronic data into other electronic data that may be stored in registers and/or memory. A “computing platform” may comprise one or more processors.
The term “wireless” may be used to describe circuits, devices, systems, methods, techniques, communications channels, etc., that may communicate data through the use of modulated electromagnetic radiation through a non-solid medium. The term does not imply that the associated devices do not contain any wires, although in some embodiments they might not. The term “mobile wireless device” may be used to describe a wireless device that may be moved while it is communicating.
As used herein, unless otherwise specified the use of the ordinal adjectives “first”, “second”, “third”, etc., to describe a common object, merely indicate that different instances of like objects are being referred to, and are not intended to imply that the objects so described must be in a given sequence, either temporally, spatially, in ranking, or in any other manner.
Various embodiments of the invention may be implemented in one or any combination of hardware, firmware, and software. The invention may also be implemented as instructions contained in or on a machine-readable medium, which may be read and executed by one or more processors to perform the operations described herein. A machine-readable medium may include any mechanism for storing, transmitting, and/or receiving information in a form readable by a machine (e.g., a computer). For example, a machine-readable medium may include a storage medium, such as but not limited to read only memory (ROM); random access memory (RAM); magnetic disk storage media; optical storage media; flash memory devices. A machine-readable medium may also include a tangible medium through which electrical, optical, acoustical or other form of propagated signals representing the instructions may pass, such as antennas, optical fibers, communications interfaces, and others.
Various embodiments of the invention may result in an agreement between an AP and a STA as to what manageability policy will be followed in communications between those two devices. The AP may advertise its capability and its policy, and the STA may indicate what it is willing to accept and/or what it is not. In some cases, if the STA's policy does not meet the minimum requirements of the AP, this negotiation may result in a rejection of the association between the two devices. Within the context of this document, a manageability policy may comprise a list of various types of manageability services, with a value for each that indicates whether a control message pertaining to that service may be interpreted as a mandatory command, or may be interpreted as an optional recommendation, or may not be supported at all.
In some embodiments the manageability policy may be described in an Extended Capability Information Element (Extended Capability E), but other embodiments may place this information in other locations. In some embodiments both the AP and the STA will use the same format to describe the respective manageability policies and resulting agreement, but other embodiments may use different formats for one or more of these.
In some embodiments, the AP may wirelessly transmit Neighbor AP Reports describing neighboring AP's that the STA's may wish to associate with, due to roaming, traffic congestion on the current AP, etc. As shown on line 4) of
The various categories of manageability services that are handled in this manner may vary, depending on various factors. However, some embodiments may include one or more of the following as manageability services: 1) dynamic channel selection, 2) power saving, 3) firmware upgrade, 4) load balancing, 5) deferral management, 6) access point coordination, 7) transmit power control, 8) contention notification, 9) diagnostics, 10) advanced antennas; and 11) location identification.
The foregoing description is intended to be illustrative and not limiting. Variations will occur to those of skill in the art. Those variations are intended to be included in the various embodiments of the invention, which are limited only by the spirit and scope of the following claims.
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|U.S. Classification||370/338, 370/310, 370/342|
|International Classification||H04B7/00, H04B7/216, H04W24/00, H04W8/24|
|Cooperative Classification||H04W8/245, H04W8/24, H04W24/00, H04L12/66|
|Nov 2, 2005||AS||Assignment|
Owner name: INTEL CORPORATION, CALIFORNIA
Free format text: ASSIGNMENT OF ASSIGNORS INTEREST;ASSIGNOR:QI, EMILY H.;REEL/FRAME:017190/0281
Effective date: 20051102
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